Capital Power is planning a 99-megawatt wind farm in McHenry County, N.D., that will feature 29 Vestas V126 3.45-megawatt machines, said Media Relations Manager Mike Sheehan. The company said the New Frontier Wind project is expected to begin operations in December.
Intuit has introduced a program dubbed Purely Green, giving the company's residential and commercial customers in Texas the option to procure wind energy from EDP Renewables' Lone Star Wind Farm, said the company. "The goal is to create a market signal to say there is a demand for wind farms," said Senior Sustainability Program Manager Sean Kinghorn, noting Intuit hopes to expand the program to other states.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order Thursday adopting 10 of 14 changes to its proposed 2016 rulemaking for generator interconnections. The update, which comes in response to an American Wind Energy Association complaint, will require greater transparency and efficiency among transmission providers.
Vineyard Wind is working with the Cape Cod Commission and other federal, state and local regulatory agencies to secure permits for its proposed offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, said Vice President of Permitting Affairs Rachel Pachter. She added that the company hopes to complete the process by mid-2019.
DeWitt County, Ill., approved stronger setback requirements for wind turbines on Thursday, but did not set new standards for height. Trade Winds Energy Development Director Tom Swierczewski praised the outcome, noting the company was happy to comply with a 2,000-foot setback rule, but not a 499-foot maximum turbine height.
NASA will hold a press conference on May 2 to announce the latest results of its experiments on the Kilopower project, which aims to develop a nuclear reactor for use in space missions. NASA hopes the reactor can be used to generate power in harsh environments on the moon and Mars to perform tasks, send information back to earth, and eventually establish an outpost.
Nuclear energy is the largest source of carbon-free power in the US, and shutting down nuclear power plants will leave a gap that will be filled with fossil fuels, Ryan Cooper writes. Leaders need to provide zero-emissions credits to keep existing plants in operation while renewables further develop.
Some environmental groups see value in measures keeping nuclear power plants -- the largest source of carbon-free energy currently available -- open, while others think that money would be better spent on developing renewables. Debates are playing out state by state, but Congress could tax carbon emissions, giving a boost to both nuclear energy and renewables.
Downsizing, outsourcing and rigorous process methods have easily realized gains that make them attractive to businesses, but the flip side is losses in areas not easily measured, such as morale and internal knowledge, writes Freek Vermeulen. "[W]e habitually base our spreadsheets, targets and 'net-present value' calculations on hard numbers, under-representing the elements that cannot be quantified," he writes.
Construction of Unit 1 at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates is finished, and the reactor is undergoing additional tests as regulators review it before granting an operating license. Emirates Nuclear Energy is in the process of handing over plant operations to Nawah Energy.